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"Mr President, today we are discussing legislation that will advance the use of mobile services by European citizens and businesses. Unfortunately, huge numbers of Europeans continue to switch off their mobile services abroad for fear of high bills. We want to put a stop to this. The message we are sending out to them today is: in less than two months, the price of cross-border mobile services will fall again thanks to the new regulation. There is strong support in the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy for this regulation and the price reductions, but this is not the only measure we are taking. Namely, we are also proposing structural measures that will facilitate the proper functioning of the mobile services market to help provide even greater choice for users. I would sincerely like the market to get off the ground by 2015 and hope that we do not need to intervene any further with drastic measures such as price caps. Congratulations to our rapporteur. On the one hand, we want to achieve a high level of consumer protection and, on the other, a functioning internal market. Obviously, setting price caps is not a measure that is appropriate for the market. Consequently, it is no surprise that we had numerous debates on this issue before the first regulation was adopted in 2007. However, our conclusions were clear: the cross-border services market was not working. For this reason, the first regulation was adopted with price caps on calls, and this has demonstrated good results. The people of Europe have welcomed this measure and it is also one of the measures that is most widely recognised. However, reassessments of the mobile phone services market have shown that the market continues to be uncompetitive. The number of mobile phone users is increasing. Mobile phones are becoming increasingly versatile, with more and more applications. They allow us to use an increasing variety of services. Every day, millions of citizens in Europe use mobile phones for calls, text messages and browsing the Internet; people use them to arrange their private lives. In addition, mobile phones are becoming increasingly useful in the business world. This has also led to a continuous increase in the numbers of potential roaming users."@en1
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